Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Newsletter 7-11-21

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Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Newsletter 7-11-21
collated by Maggie Lewis - Volunteer Area Representative and Administrator for Oxford Neighbourhood Watch. 
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I hope you all survived last weekend's storm with little or no damage. There were lots of emergencies to deal with and thanks to our wonderful emergency services, Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford Direct Services for all their help in repairing and keeping our communities safe. Also a thank you to all residents who helped their neighbours at a challenging time across many parts of Oxford.
There are many witness appeals by Thames Valley Police (Oxford) in different parts of Oxford.
Neighbourhood Watch
1) Neighbourhood Watch and Crimestoppers Partnership
2) Say 'No to ASB'
3) Neighbourhood Watch and Community Survey 2021
Oxford Neighbourhood Watch
1) Cyber Crime Prevention Talk
2) Templars Square Shopping Centre
Thames Valley Police (Oxford)
1) Witness Appeal - Littlemore
2) Witness Appeal  - Cowley Road/Manzil Way
3) Witness Appeal - Hawksmoor Road 
4) Witness Appeal - Cowley Road
5) Witness Appeal - Jericho
6) Witness Appeal - Abingdon Road
7) Court grants Oxford's first slavery risk order against Cowley drug dealer
Neighbourhood Policing Teams
1) Cowley and Wood Farm 
Crime Prevention
1) Protect Your Valuable Property
Scams 
1) Toby Carvery
2) Debts Solved Limited
3) Personal Experiences
4) Reported scams (current numbers)
Community Safety
1) Fireworks - are you breaking the law?
2) Road Safety Week
Oxfordshire Fire and Safety 
1) Smoke Alarms
Oxfordshire County Council
1) Cycle Safety
Oxford City Council
1) Christmas Light Festival
General  Information
1) Oxford Community Foundation
2) Connect - Free Digital Advice
3) Oxford Christmas Day Lunch
4) Men’s Health Awareness
Good News
1) Blocking internet calls from abroad

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
1) Crimestoppers partnership
Crimestoppers is running a campaign with Neighbourhood Watch as partners - safe streets animated video.
Please see links below
https://crimestoppers-uk.org/campaigns-media/campaigns/safe-street
https://twitter.com/i/status/1444944443711365128
2) Neighbourhood Watch launches 'Say No to ASB' Campaign
Antisocial behaviour (ASB) incidents have increased over the last three years. Police forces, councils and housing associations are reporting significant spikes in ASB cases – and these are not minor incidents. They are complex and serious cases causing real harm to many people. 
45% of people say ASB is a problem where they live, and 56% of those who had either been a victim of or a witness to ASB did not report it to anyone. *
To help tackle the issue, we are running a campaign encouraging people to SAY NO TO ASB.  
The campaign will run from the 25th October through to the 21st November on our social channels with key information on recognising, recording, and reporting ASB on our website: ourwatch.org.uk/asb.
We are running a free online ‘SAY NO TO ASB’ webinar on 15th November at 5pm with the charity ASB Help as part of the campaign. Places are limited. To book your place, visit ourwatch.org.uk/webinars.
3) Neighbourhood Watch and Community Survey 2021
For the second year running, we want to hear your thoughts about crime, community, and how effective Neighbourhood Watch is.
www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CL72YGJ
The survey, launched on Wednesday 20th October 2021, is open to the public across England and Wales, regardless of whether they live in a Neighbourhood Watch area or not. The survey ends on 16th November.
The results will enable us to better understand on a national and regional level crime, fear of crime and benchmark whether membership to a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, or living in a Neighbourhood Watch area, has an impact on levels of crime, concern about crime, neighbourliness, and the willingness of communities to work together.
For further information https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/news/neighbourhood-watch-2021-crime-and-community-survey-launched

OXFORD NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
1) Cyber Crime
Please look at this and share link widely
Event Details
Thursday 18th November 2021
2.00pm - 3.30pm
Face-to-face at the Town Hall
Register for your FREE place
 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/200353020277
You will receive your link to the event once you have registered
FREE TALK and ALL WELCOME  - wheelchair accessibility.
Please support by coming or sharing the presentation information as this is the first large-scale presentation hosted by Oxford Neighbourhood Watch. The presentation is followed by Q&A where you can ask all the questions you've wanted to ask! 
Also there will be information from Neighbourhood Watch and Trading Standards representatives will be present.
Eventbrite is the easiest way to know attendance for events and easy to register - click on the link.
What is Cyber Crime?
Several million cases of fraud and of computer misuse are reported to the police every year. It's staggering, but even more staggering is that so many of those crimes could have been prevented by making a few small changes in online behaviour
To avoid becoming a victim of online crime you don’t need to be a computer expert. Developing a few good online habits drastically reduces your chances of becoming a victim of cyber crime, makes you less vulnerable and lets you use the web safely
2) Templars Square Shopping Centre
Thank you to all who came and supported our stand in Templars Square Shopping Centre - lots of leaflets given out and crime prevention and fire safety information given out.  Several people said they were members as they received Alerts but you will receive Alerts if you have asked to receive NW as an inforamtion provider. You can use the link to join NW via Thames Alert - you will receive exactly the same messages as now, including policing messages but you can have the advantages of NW membership too. 

THAMES VALLEY POLICE (OXFORD)
From Social Media and Oxford Mail articles
1) Witness Appeal (Littlemore)
We're appealing for witnesses after an 11-year-old girl was assaulted.
It happened at around 8.20am yesterday as the girl was walking along Kempson Crescent and Oxford Road in Littlemore.
A man spoke to the girl and then grabbed at her sleeve, before she ran away and raised the alarm.
The victim was not injured during the incident.
The offender is described as a white man, aged in his forties to fifties, medium build, with greyish brown hair.
He was wearing a facemask, white long sleeved top with a shirt over it.
Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Peter Warne, of CID based at St Aldate’s police station, said: “This was a concerning incident for the victim, who did the right thing and ran away.
“We are carrying out a thorough investigation into this incident and we are asking anyone who may have information or might have witnessed this incident to come forward.
“As a result of this incident there will be an increased police presence and we would advise any members of the public to raise any concerns to one of our uniformed officers.
Info? 101 quoting 43210497970
More here https://orlo.uk/D6B5Y
2) Witness Appeal (Cowley Road/Manzil Way)
We are appealing for witnesses following an assault of a taxi driver last Thursday.
At around 2.15am on Thursday (28/10) a taxi driver dropped off a customer opposite Bodrum restaurant, on Cowley Road at the junction of Manzil Way.
A female ran up to the taxi, opened the door, grabbed the taxi driver, a man in his forties, and punched him several times.
Two other men, then also assaulted the man, with one punching him with a metal object in hand.
A short while later, one of the men came back and tried to approach the taxi driver again, this male then ran off towards the O2 Academy Oxford.
The victim received a significant injury to his eye, which will require ongoing treatment.
During the incident a mobile phone holder from the taxi was taken, as well as £140 in cash, the taxi also sustained some damage.
The female is described as white, around seventeen years old, around 5ft 8ins tall, medium build, with light mousey hair and a round face. She was wearing a grey sweat top and spoke with a local accent.
The first man is described as black, possibly Somalian, around 6ft tall, slim build, wearing a dark black coat, and dark trousers.
The second man is described as white, in his early twenties, around 5ft 10ins tall, stocky build and clean-shaven. He was wearing a baseball cap, a grey tracksuit top with a logo across the chest and matching tracksuit bottoms. He was also wearing a silver chain.
Please share our appeal and if you have information please call 101 reference 43210485906.
3) Witness Appeal (Hawksmoor Road) (CCTV image attachment)
Thames Valley Police is releasing a CCTV image of a man officers would like to speak to in connection with a burglary in Oxford.
At around 8.30pm on Wednesday 8 September, offenders broke into a property on Hawksmoor Road and stole cash, designer clothing and a safe containing jewellery.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Kate Mitchell, based at Oxford police station, said: “We are releasing the image of this man as we believe that he may have information about this incident.
“If you recognise this man, or if it is you pictured, please contact police by calling 101 or making a report online, quoting reference 43210404912.
“Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website.”
4) Witness Appeal (Cowley Road)
Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following an assault in Oxford.
Between midnight and 1am on Sunday 24 October a man was assaulted by two unknown men inside The Baron bar in Cowley Road whilst trying to help another man who had also been assaulted by the same men.
The victim was punched several times and sustained bruising to his face and head. He attended hospital for treatment.
The offenders are described as two white men in their fifties. One was wearing a Liverpool football shirt and the other man was wearing a khaki jacket.
Investigating officer, PC Ffion Mount, based at Oxford police station, said: “I am appealing for witnesses to this incident, or anyone who has information, to please come forward.
“I am particularly keen to speak to the other man who was being helped by the victim from the initial assault. 
“Anyone with information can contact police by calling 101 or making a report online, quoting reference 43210481779.
“Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website.
5) Witness Appeal (Jericho) (CCTV image attachment)
POLICE want to speak to a man pictured in a CCTV image following a burglary in Oxford.The incident happened at about 8.15pm on Thursday, September 30 when an offender gained access to a shed at a property in School Court.
Nothing is believed to have been stolen.
Thames Valley Police has released this CCTV image of a man they want to speak to in connection with the burglary.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Lee Dix, based at St Aldates police station, said: “We would like to appeal to anybody who recognises the man in this image to please get in touch as we believe he may have information in connection with this burglary.
“You can get in touch by either making a report online or by calling 101 quoting reference number 43210442848.“Alternatively, for 100 per cent anonymity, you can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
 6) Witness Appeal - Abingdon Road
https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/19691667.police-hunt-man-woman-attacked-near-londis-oxford/
7) Court grants Oxford's first slavery risk order against Cowley drug dealer
On Friday (29/10) Kofie John-Welch was issued with a Slavery Trafficking Risk Order as he was identified as being involved in grooming young people into drug dealing.
This order is in place for three years and prohibits him from being in the company of or to associate with anyone under 18.
Full details https://orlo.uk/4lqVI

NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING TEAMS
1) Cowley and Wood Farm
From social media
The Cowley and Woodfarm NHPT spent the morning engaging with the community and those at Hope Vineyard Oxford
We had great fun joining in with the activities and look forward to the next time

CRIME PREVENTION
1) Protect Your Valuable Property
Register your property for FREE and improve your chances of getting it back if it is lost or stolen.
https://www.immobilise.com/
REDUCE PROPERTY CRIME
Thousands of items of property are lost or stolen each year in the UK. The Immobilise National Property Register already holds the details of 20 million items of property. Add yours now to protect your property and to help the Police stop property crime.
REGISTER
Register your property for free at www.immobilise.com, it only takes a couple of minutes and once you have registered you will have a better chance of getting your property back if it’s lost or stolen.
REPORT
If any item of registered property is lost or stolen report it to Immobilise via your online account. This information is then made available nationally to all the major UK Police forces via their online systems.
REUNITE
If your registered property is recovered either the Police or Immobilise will contact you and let you know its location.
Visit www.immobilise.com  and register your valuable property now.

SCAMS
1) Toby Carvery (1/11/21)
There have been previous warnings from Toby Carvery but this was issued as an urgent warning
"Unfortunately there has been an upsurge in fake Facebook pages being created with the core aim of collecting contact and payment details from people," Toby Carvery warned.
"Please note, we have taken the necessary steps and reported this page (and any others) for violating Facebook's Community Standards.
"However, sometimes these pages stay active for longer than they should so please be cautious.
"If you encounter these pages, please do not engage and report the page as soon as you can."
The warning saw customers rush to tag their friends and family in the comments to share the warning.
Others also explained how they had been affected by the scam.
2) Debts Solved Limited
Scam email from ‘Debts Solved Limited’.
Any previous customers of Solarplicity ( it went bust in August 2019) watch out for this email saying that you haven’t paid the final bill on winding up the company. Solarplicity receivers confirmed that scammers had got hold of the final payments due list and were sending emails asking for payment.
3) Personal Experience
Our Coordinator sent the scam about Martin Lewis (Money Saving Expert) last week and received this reply.  
She had already forwarded the scam to National Cyber Security Centre as advised as I hope we all do. It doesn't take long and can make a big difference. 
Hi ......,
Thanks for flagging this up with us, we appreciate you letting us know.
Unfortunately, we're aware of some emails and adverts along these lines online and on social media. As you mention, these are in no way linked to Martin or MoneySavingExpert.
It is something Martin's legal team is working on but unfortunately, it's a tough one to solve - these companies are shut down but then seem to start up again in a different name. For more, check out Martin's video about this issue and our recent news article:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajz-ySqdnxg
Warning issued by regulator over 'clone firm' using fake MoneySavingExpert and Martin Lewis email addresses
You can also forward any scam email to the National Cyber Security Centre at report@phishing.gov.uk so it can try to tackle these.
I hope this helps and thanks again for letting us know.
Thanks
MSE Beth
User Support Executive
4) Reported scams to report@phishing.gov.uk (from April 2020)
Every good reason to report a suspicious email -
As of 31st October 2021 the number of reports received stand at more than 8,100,000 with the removal of more than 67,000 scams across 124,000 URLs.

CRIME INFORMATION
Understanding the impact of the pandemic on levels of crime in England and Wales (Office of National Statistics)
Crime types, such as theft and robbery, saw falls during periods of lockdown as social contact was limited and people stayed at home.  However, as many of us have experienced or heard anecdotes of, fraud and computer misuse offences have not followed the lockdown-related pattern of reduced victimisation. In fact, the crime survey for England and Wales shows a 32% increase in fraud incidents in the year ending June 2021.
https://blog.ons.gov.uk/2021/11/04/understanding-the-impact-of-the-pandemic-on-levels-of-crime-in-england-and-wales

COMMUNITY SAFETY
1) Firework Times (Christine Lyle (Police, Neighbourhood Admin, West Oxfordshire)
It is illegal:
to possess professional display fireworks (unless you are a fireworks professional)
to set off fireworks between 11 pm and 7 am, except in limited circumstances such as bonfire Night when the latest time is 12 am*
for a person UNDER 18 to possess an adult firework in a public place
An adult firework is classed as any firework except a cap, cracker snap, novelty match, party popper, serpent, sparkler or thrown down.
*It is illegal to set off fireworks between 11 pm and 7am except for:
Beginning at 11 pm on the first day of the Chinese New Year and ending at 1 am the following day; 
Beginning at 11 pm on 5th November and ending at 12am the following day;  
Beginning at 11 pm on the day of Diwali and ending at 1 am the following day;  
Beginning at 11 pm on 31st December and ending at 1 am the following day.
2) Road Safety Week
Road Safety Week is the UK's biggest road safety event. Every year,
It’s not too late to be part of Road Safety Week, the UK’s biggest road safety event. This year’s theme is Road Safety Heroes and schools and nurseries can sign up to take part in fun activities and lessons that teach children vital road safety skills.
Register your interest now for Road Safety Week 15 – 21 November 2021.
Road Safety Week is the UK's biggest road safety event. Every year, millions of people around the UK get involved to take action for safer roads.
https://www.brake.org.uk/road-safety-week

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue
1) Smoke alarms
Now your space is starting to feel like home, it’s time to ‘decorate’. Posters up, pictures from home, and the odd teddy bear are a must.
Whatever you choose to decorate your space with, make sure you don’t cover your smoke alarm. Alarms can save lives, but only if they remain uncovered.

OXFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
1) Cycle safety
As the evenings draw in, make sure that you have working lights on your bike. Not only is it a legal requirement, but it makes you more visible and helps to keep you safer. Further information please click on link
http://www.365alive.co.uk/cms/content/cycling-winter

OXFORD CITY COUNCIL
1) Christmas Light Festival 
In 2020, Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival shifted its focus from the city centre to become an event based in our local communities.
This year the programme expands further into the city’s neighbourhoods and celebrates the Art of Connectivity over the weekend of 19 and 20 November. 
Further information -
 https://www.oxford.gov.uk/news/article/2008/oxford_s_christmas_light_festival_is_back_for_2021_with_creative_pop-ups_in_community_hubsChristmas Light Festival is back for 2021 with creative pop-ups in community hubs

GENERAL INFORMATION
1) OXFORD COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
Donating an old laptop, tablet or phone
https://gettingoxfordshireonline.org/giving-support/donate-devices/?mc_cid=8697955cab&mc_eid=1d9c1c1afa
A study has estimated* that as many as 40 million unused gadgets are gathering dust in UK homes. Recycling and reusing this technology for the good of others can be a satisfying way to clear space in your home.
The devices will be securely wiped to remove all data from them; they will then be reconfigured before being passed on to those who need them.
*https://www.rsc.org/new-perspectives/sustainability/elements-in-danger/
2) CONNECT - Free Digital Advice (attachment)
I came across this and thought it may of interest - please share as many people do have devices that they do not fully use (myself included)
Connect! was established in April 2021 as a project of Citizens Advice, whereby trained Digital Volunteers go to clients homes within Oxfordshire and the surrounding area to help them set up and use digital devices.
From social media
Does anyone you know have a digital device that you wish they could do more with?
Connect! can help for FREE, please call 0300 3030 126
Connect! is a project whereby trained Digital Volunteers can go to client’s homes within Oxfordshire and the surrounding area to help them set up and use digital devices.
**If this isn't for you PLEASE SHARE as it might be perfect for someone you know**
3) Oxford Christmas Day Lunch (attachment)
The Oxford Christmas Lunch provides a free three-course sit-down meal on Christmas Day for anyone who wants to come. The attendees include the homeless,  refugees, the elderly, those with mental health issues, those who would otherwise be alone, those in food poverty and simply those who want to celebrate Christmas with others. A special feature of the lunch is that volunteers collect the guests, drive them to the lunch, eat with them and take them home, providing companionship as well as food. 
Oxford Christmas Day Lunch - transport provided - limited to 500 including volunteers, so they need to take bookings on a first-come first-served basis.
Contact Sara at sara@oxfordchristmaslunch.org or 07535 314716 or find them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/oxfordchristmaslunch - ​message for details, including an email address/ phone number if possible
4) Men’s Health Awareness
November is Men’s Health Awareness month, commonly known as Movember.  During Movember, men are encouraged to grow moustaches, the aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.  
 To find out more about Movember, specific health issues facing men and signs to watch out for, see:
https://uk.movember.com/

TO END ON SOME GOOD NEWS
Phone companies have agreed to block the majority of internet phone calls made from abroad where it looks as though the call is coming from a UK number. 
This so-called "number spoofing" tactic is commonly used by fraudsters to encourage the recipient to believe a call is legitimate, which means they are more likely to answer it. But this could then leave them vulnerable to fraud, with scammers using these types of call to try to get hold of financial or personal information. 
The move to crackdown on this type of scam comes after the communications regulator called on phone networks to put measures in place to help stop scam calls. Ofcom says 45 million people were targeted by scam calls and texts over the summer. 
How the scheme will work in practice  
Under the scheme, both UK mobile and landline providers will block the majority of internet calls from abroad that are masked behind UK numbers. The main exception to this is calls from UK numbers from fraudsters roaming abroad, which won't be blocked given telecoms firms are unlikely to know if these calls are genuine are not.  

 
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Maggie Lewis (Neighbourhood Watch Network, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, Oxford LPA)
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